Denver Broncos: Analyzing the impact of each draft pick

Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant at the NFL Draft. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos TE Noah Fant at the NFL Draft. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /
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Dalton Risner
WACO, TX – NOVEMBER 19: Alex Barnes #34 of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrates his touchdown with Dalton Risner #71 of the Kansas State Wildcats against the Baylor Bears at McLane Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Noah Fant will get all the praise, but Dalton Risner may be the most impactful offensive piece in the entire draft for the Broncos.

Risner is a road grader and physical specimen capable of playing multiple positions. The flexibility to be a guard, tackle, and center is something Denver has prided itself on in finding offensive line talent.

The loss of Matt Paradis is a huge one, but Connor McGovern protected well in two huge wins against Los Angeles Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers. This means McGovern is starting center leaving Risner at right or left guard. If there’s one abundantly clear point it’s that the offensive line has lacked consistency and lasting confidence all season long.

Risner should help the running game immensely, clearing holes for Royce Freeman, Phillip Lindsay, and Devontae Booker. Not to mention his pass protection is solid. It is not terrible, but it is often overlooked. He is a true physical presence who provides a nasty streak. This gives the team the confidence to get the job done on both sides of the line.